To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) entomology, (2) soil science, and (3) microbial science professors, there are at English universities.
Each staff member can be recorded as teaching and/or researching up to 3 academic disciplines. Counts of the number of academic staff and professors involved in the most closely related academic disciplines to those requested have been provided in the table:
Full-person-equivalent academic staff by current academic discipline at English HEIs for
Academic Year 2017/18
All academic staff
F770 Soil Science
C510 Applied Microbiology
Source: Department for Education analysis of the HESA Staff Record
Figures are rounded to the nearest 5 in line with HESA’s rounding strategy.
Staff can be recorded across more than one academic discipline, so rows in the table ought not to be summed together.
‘Professor’ indicates a member of staff holding a contract which aligns with the Universities and Colleges Employers Association contract level 5A 'Professor'. This may undercount professors because many will fall into more senior levels, e.g. Heads of department.
 Academic disciplines are categorised using the Joint Academic Coding System: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/collection/c17025/a/curaccdis.
 The definition for full-person-equivalent is available from the HESA website: